Donna Jean Mezo, age 16, disappeared from Belleville, Illinois on February 18, 1992.
Donna lived in Crocker, Missouri, but had been visiting family members in Belleville, Illinois for a few weeks at the time of her disappearance.
Her brother was supposed to drive her back to Missouri the following day, and Donna wanted to visit her boyfriend, Jeffrie Mezo (no blood relation) prior to returning to Missouri. Jeffrie was also said to be the father of her unborn child.
Donna departed her brother’s home at about 1:30am, but according to Jeffrie, she never arrived at the fast food restaurant on Monroe St. that they’d planned to meet at. Her purse and other belongings were left at her brother’s house. Jeffrie was given a polygraph test, which he passed.
Four months after Donna’s disappearance, Jeffrie’s remains were found in a secluded area of South Side Park in Belleville. He’d been shot to death, and the gun was found in a lake about three feet away. It was ruled a suicide. There are mentions of a suicide note, but it’s not known whether the note contained any references to Donna.
Donna is not believed to have vanished of her own accord.
Donna’s mother passed away in 2017. There is a Facebook page dedicated to Donna’s disappearance.
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